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Colorado Piano Festival
July 28-30, 2017

The Colorado Piano Festival, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado, will be held July 28-30, 2017 at Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall on the UNC campus in Greeley, Colorado. With three days of competition, concerts and masterclasses, there will be exciting opportunities for music-lovers, pianists and students of all ages and levels.

Attendees may register online for the Festival. Participants can also apply for the competition portion, and/or to perform in a masterclass, via the online registration form. Students will be notified of acceptance to the CPF Competition on or before May 1, 2017. Please review the 2017 CPF Competition Guidelines for full details and eligibility requirements.

Competition and Masterclass Application Deadline: April 15, 2017 (late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis)


  • Elementary Division: 1st Prize $100; 2nd Prize $50; 3rd Prize $25
  • Junior Division: 1st Prize $200; 2nd Prize $100; 3rd Prize $50
  • Senior Division: 1st Prize $300; 2nd Prize $150; 3rd Prize $100
  • Young Artist Division: 1st Prize $500; 2nd Prize $250; 3rd Prize $100 

First Prize Winners in Junior, Senior and Young Artist Divisions will receive additional performance opportunities.

Registration Fees

Individual Rates

By March 1st: $120
By June 1st: $150
After June 1: $180
Auditor Rate: $60/day

Group Rates

10+ individuals; fees are per person.
By March 1st: $90
By June 1st: $120
After June 1: $150 

We regret that we are unable to take payment online or via credit card at this time.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Lei Weng at

2017 Colorado Piano Festival Guest Artists

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Jerome Lowenthal

The American pianist, Jerome Lowenthal, studied with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski in his native Philadelphia, William Kapell and Eduard Steuermann at the Juilliard School in New York, and Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in Paris, France. Mmeanwhile he travelled annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes in three international competitions (Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy in 1957; Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels in 1960; and Darmstadt International Chopin Piano Competition), he moved to Jerusalem where, for three years, he played, taught and lectured.

Jerome Lowenthal made his debut at 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Returning to the USA from Jerusalem in 1963, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Béla Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2. Since then, he has performed more-or-less everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb. Conductors with whom he has appeared as soloist include Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yuri Temirkanov, and Leonard Slatkin, as well as such giants of the past as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has performed in a large number of chamber music festivals and collaborated in concerts with violinist Itzhak Perlman (playing sonatas), cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and pianists Ronit Amir (his late wife), Ursula Oppens, and Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), as well as quintets with the Lark Quartet, Avalon Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet.

Jerome Lowenthal is recognized as a specialist of Franz Liszt, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók, and more generally of virtuoso and late romantic music. His recordings include piano concertos by F. Liszt with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the complete Tchaikovsky concerto cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has an extensive repertoire, including 63 performed piano concerti, and is the dedicatee of many new works and has unearthed some rare romantic piano works, such as the F. Liszt’s Third Piano Concerto edited by his former student Jay Rosenblatt. He continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a youthful intensity and an eloquence born of life-experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and the emotions.

Jerome Lowenthal has recorded for numerous record labels, including RCA, Columbia, and Arabesque, and is in the process of recording the complete Années de Pèlerinage of F. Liszt for Bridge Records. He has recently recorded the L.v. Beethoven's Fourth Concerto with cadenzas by eleven different composers. His other recordings include concerti by Tschaikovsky and F. Liszt, solo works by Sinding and B. Bartók, and chamber-music by Arensky and Taneyev.

Jerome Lowenthal is a professor of piano at the Juilliard School in New York since 1991, where he was also chair of the piano department. Additionally, Lowenthal is on the faculty at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California since 1970. He has worked with an extraordinary number of gifted pianists, whom he encourages to understand the music they play in a wide aesthetic and cultural perspective and to project it with the freedom which that perspective allows. Beside, he gives master-classes in North America, Europe, and Asia, He is a frequent judge in international piano competitions, such as the Cliburn, Tschaikowsky, Rubinstein, Horowitz, and Bachauer piano competitions, to name a few.. Lowenthal recently received an honorary doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Sean Schulze

Professor of Piano, Chair of the Preparatory division piano department, Cleveland Institute of Music

He teaches piano pedagogy and piano literature to conservatory graduate and undergraduate students and serves as chair of CIM’s nationally recognized Preparatory division piano department. After receiving his early training in South Africa where he studied with two of that country’s most renowned pedagogues, Moira Birks and Isabella Stengel, he was invited to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona on full scholarship where he studied with Nicholas Zumbro (a student of the famed Rosina Lhévinne). He undertook further studies with Brazilian pianist Caio Pagano and has performed in master classes for many of today’s leading pianists and pedagogues including Yoheved Kaplinsky, Bela Siki, Nelita True, John Owings, Martin Canin, Tamás Ungár and Joseph Banowetz.

A prizewinner of several competitions, he has appeared as concerto soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, The Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a solo recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., South Africa, Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil and has collaborated with members of The Cleveland Orchestra and also with the Calder Quartet (quartet in residence at the Colburn School). In 1999, Dr. Schulze along with violinist Luca Ciarla won a residency award through Chamber Music America that resulted in performances throughout the Southwest United States and Mexico, including an appearance at the Alamos Arts Festival. In 2003 and 2006, he was invited to teach and perform as a guest artist at the University of Rio de Janeiro. A published scholar, Dr. Schulze’s research on Beethoven’s Fantasy for Piano, Op.77 appeared in the Beethoven Journal in 2004. In recent years he has formed a duo with violinist Stephen Sims with whom he has performed to great acclaim throughout Ohio. In the last few years, Schulze has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at Heidelberg University, Texas Christian University, The Fort Worth Museum of Art, Denison University, The University of Akron and also on the CIM Concert Series.

A sought-after teacher, adjudicator and clinician, Sean Schulze’s students continue to win prizes regularly in competitions throughout the United States. In recent years, students of Schulze have won first prizes in the MTNA National Performance Competition, The American Protégé Competition, The OMTA Graves Competition (on multiple occasions), the OMTA Buckeye Competition (on multiple occasions) and have performed as concerto soloists with the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, the Lakeland Civic Orchestra, the Solon Philharmonic and the CIM Orchestra on multiple occasions as a result of winning various young artist concerto competitions. In November 2010, Schulze appeared as one of the featured presenters at the OMTA State Conference and is regularly invited to present master classes to young pianists, appearing recently as a guest artist at the Kent State Summer Piano Institute in 2010. In 2008, Schulze founded and continues to direct Summer Sonata, an intensive two-week program of lessons and master classes for talented pianists aged 10-18 which takes place annually on the CIM campus. In addition, Schulze serves on the artist-faculty of the Young Artist World Piano Festival which takes place annually on the campus of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Tentative Schedule:

Friday, July 28, 2017
Morning CPF Competition Finals Kepner, Milne Auditorium
Afternoon UNC Piano Faculty Masterclass Kepner, Milne Auditorium
Evening Jerome Lowenthal Piano Recital Kepner, Milne Auditorium
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Morning Sean Schulz Piano Masterclass Kepner, Milne Auditorium
Morning Sean Schulz Presentation Kepner, Milne Auditorium
Afternoon Jerome Lowenthal Piano Masterclass Kepner, Milne Auditorium
Evening Faculty Concert
(UNC Faculty, Schulze)
Kepner, Milne Auditorium
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Morning Panel Discussion
(Lowenthal, Schulze, UNC faculty)
Kepner, Milne Auditorium
Morning Competition Winners Solo Concert Kepner, Milne Auditorium


Milne Auditorium
Kepner Hall 2050
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639

All events are in Milne Auditorium unless indicated otherwise.
All events are free of charge.